Apple chasing Control Center Android app

By , Jul 30, 2013

Android Control Center port

Did you know Android has its own Control Center? No, really – earlier this month developer Hi Tools Studio earned free publicity by releasing an app that brings the full iOS 7 Control Center user experience to Android phones and tablets. And boy, is it a pixel-perfect copy of the headline iOS 7 capability, down to all of the included features and then some.

Now, the iPhone maker rarely files app complaints with Google so they could have just as easily turned a blind eye on this one had this particular developer not crossed the line so obviously. Hence, Apple has asked the Internet giant to pull the software on the basis of copyright violation…

The free Control Center Android app was short-lived: Hi Tools Studio released it on Google’s Play store on July 12, but it got pulled soon following a complaint from Apple.

According to BGR, which got hold of Google’s email message to the developer, the app got axed over its blatant similarities with Apple’s Control Center iOS 7 feature.

An excerpt reads:

The application “Control Center” copies, without authorization, the “Control Center” feature of Apple’s iOS 7. Apple owns the copyright in its iOS software and each of the features thereof. The aforementioned application infringes Apple Inc.’s (“Apple”) copyright rights in the iOS 7 software.

Google’s application store isn’t curated, a decision that has backfired and turned Android into a malware-infested platform. In Google’s defense, the search monster does act on copyright claims accordingly and has removed infringing Play store apps before.

Just like Control Center on iOS 7, the Android replica lets you adjust volume and brightness, turn Wi-Fi on or off, fire up core apps like Clock or Camera and more. And because it’s an Android app, a dizzying array of options in settings lets you set it up to function just the way you like.

But wait, here’s where the plot thickens.

While the original app is no longer available on Play store, Hi Tools Studio wasted no time and has now posted an updated version to Google’s non-curated application store.

Android Control Center port (screenshot 002)Android Control Center port (screenshot 001)

As you can see on the screenies and video above, the program remains a wholesale rip-off of Apple’s Control Center, down to carbon-copy replicas of Apple’s flattened iOS 7 user interface elements.

I’m expecting this cat-and-mouse game will continue going forward.

Matter of fact, an Apple takedown request should be due in 3… 2… 1…

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  • David Gitman

    “and yet apple is stealing from android” -_-

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Right, well, objectively speaking this isn’t Google copying stuff but a third party developer.
      It will be pulled off the Play Store anyway.

    • Hwang Lee

      Well it wasn’t Google that stole this, it was a 3rd party developer.

      • David Gitman

        so why is it still in the store?

      • Hwang Lee

        I mean practically everything makes any store :P

        It’ll be taken down soon anyways, read the article.

      • David Gitman

        :D

      • Hwang Lee

        There’s really nothing to be excited about.

      • David Gitman

        I am just happy :D

    • Mathieu Reid

      This is a user made application, not a google app.
      By the way there is many android apps/tools on Cydia…

      • David Gitman

        thats cydia…not APPSTORE

      • Hwang Lee

        Well the Play Store is practically the Google version of the App Store + Cydia combined.

      • David Gitman

        cydia is all about hacks and tweaks that copies everything and noone can pull stuff from their
        but on the other hand if it was on appstore apple was removing it .

      • Hwang Lee

        But you can’t submit extensions or such on the Appstore anyways :P

      • David Gitman

        well you got my point

      • Hwang Lee

        No, I’m sorry, I don’t.
        Please elaborate.

      • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

        o_O So you’re saying ayecon, TypeStatus, Auxo, Velox, etc, are all stolen products because they happen to be in Cydia? Additionally, “noone can pull stuff from their [sic]” is a complete blatant assumption: the repos handle taking down packages about as well as Apple does with apps.

      • David Gitman

        i ment tweaks like jellylock etc

      • http://hbang.ws/ Adam D

        Don’t say “all about” then :)

      • David Gitman

        okay sorry :)

      • Saria Hajjar

        really David…
        dear god, forgive me for i have sinned by talking to this creature

      • David Gitman

        what

      • Saria Hajjar

        carry on sweetie…
        *kill yourself*

      • David Gitman

        nah..i love my life ;)

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      You can’t steal from something that’s open source!

      • Raashid

        Yes you can if you’re using it in a project that isn’t open source…

      • truehybridx

        Even the android phone manufactures are guilty of this one

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        According to Wikipedia Android is licensed under the Apache License. Wikipedia states the following about this license:

        “The Apache License requires preservation of the copyright notice and disclaimer. Like any free software license,
        the Apache License allows the user of the software the freedom to use
        the software for any purpose, to distribute it, to modify it, and to
        distribute modified versions of the software, under the terms of the
        license, without concern for royalties.”

        The only thing Apple could potentially be doing wrong by using something from Android is not preserving the copyright notice or disclaimer which since iOS is closed source these notices could very well be there…

      • Saria Hajjar

        damn… aidan harris, you own….

      • Snowie0wl

        Attribution notices are required to be in a readable form (in Apache 2.0, the 2004 standard which Android uses). Machine code doesn’t count.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        That’s fair enough (I did say that Apple could potentially be in the wrong for that reason if they had copied something from Android). Realistically though the one thing most Android fanboys drone on about is that Apple supposedly stole the notification centre off Android.

        However here’s an analogy for you if Google were to sue Apple for allegedly copying their notification centre could this not be likened to the inventor of the first motor car suing other companies on the grounds that they’re using technology similar to the internal combustion engine used in the first motor car?

        I don’t even know if car companies did sue (or are suing) each other over trivial things like that but the point I’m trying to make is that certain things are needed by all smartphones for them to be a commercial success and some form of notification mechanism is one of those things. Like a car is useless without an engine, a smartphone is useless without a notification centre.

        To summarise some features of phones and operating systems should not be copied and need to be protected through things such as litigation. However other features of phones and their operating systems are effectively a standard required by all phones and their operating systems in order to make them sell and as such it would be harsh and unfair to punish companies using these features since they need them for their devices to be a commercial success.

    • Chazy Ronnie

      Can you elaborate what do you mean that Apple “steal” from Android?

    • Tom García

      Someone did not read the article… You had one job

    • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

      And from jailbreak community too

  • truehybridx

    Speaks a lot about Apple if they can steal everybody elses ideas, but when they get stolen from theyre up in arms

    • Dani Hayes

      Shhh….you can’t point that out here. You’ll get down votes and angry replies.

      • truehybridx

        Challenge Accepted :)

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/author/dujkan Christian Zibreg

      I have a hard time remembering the last time Apple ripped off wholesale someone else’s work down to a single pixel.

      • Raashid

        Not a wholesale rip off, but still a rip off; like iOS 7 copying Windows Phone 8 in several UI ways.

      • R4

        dude, have you ever used a Windows phone 8? iOS7 is nothing like Win8

      • Raashid

        Keep telling yourself that, it’s just a google away whenever you’re ready to take the red pill…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        iOS 7 is nothing like Windows Phone. For starters there’s no tiles…

      • Raashid

        Then how the fck do you explain this (http://bit ly/19v0GUJ) and this (http://bit ly/19v0NPZ)?

        Sure it’s not bit for bit copy but you can’t be that ignoramus not to see how they copied Windows Phone 8…

      • R4
      • R4

        goo.gl /Tj4MKb

        definately looks like Win8

      • R4

        yup, how the fck am i gonna explain this?

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I know. They just look so similar!

        articles.software.informer.com/articles_uploads/2013/06/Side-by-side-410×133.jpg

      • Guest

        Learn to read and use Google…

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Use Google?

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Lol, comparing a home-screen/app-switcher/messages-app-screen to a home-screen/home-screen/home-screen…typical fanboy idiocracy.

      • R4

        dude, it was the only comparison picture on the website he sent me

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Guess he edited it, but after seeing the websites he’s pointing to now, you still think iOS 7 looks nothing like Windows Phone 8?

      • R4

        Yes, I agree it does look slightly like Win8 but don’t all modern phones look like that? It’s just the way smartphones are layed out. Actually all the new ui on ios7 are very similar to iOS 6 except they are white/transparent and flat

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Nope, not all modern phones look like that (not the pre-iOS 7 iPhone), and I’m glad they don’t, ’cause I can’t stand those kid-painted flattish UIs. It’s iOS 7 that now looks more like Windows Phone, and I don’t like that, especially since I have no official option to get rid of it.

        Official iOS <= 6.1.4, despite it lacking so many features (compared to the competition), was eye catching IMO. However, now that iOS 7 has gone the fugly metro route, it's just as repellent as Windows Phone. It's just giving me even more reasons to switch to Android whenever I lose my jailbreak.

      • MarcPhilippeB

        Now I really don’t know which one is iOS and which one Windows phone 8. they look unmistakably similar.

        @Raashid: seriously?

      • Guest

        Yeah seriously MarcPhilippeB, you need to wake up from your virtual-apple-world and come to reality.

      • truehybridx

        Just a few, anyone want to add :)

        Notification Center: Android and a Cydia Developer
        iMessage: Blackberry
        AppStore: Cydia and Installer
        Apple Maps: Google with crummy map data
        iOS 7 UI: Android and WebOS
        iTunes Radio: Pandora/Spotify
        iBooks: Amazon

      • Guest

        Wow……. dude…… you dont know what youre talking about……..

      • truehybridx

        The colon was marking who implemented it first…

        How long have you used an iOS device?

      • Joseph

        It’s actually strikingly accurate.

      • R4

        iMessage is sms!

        AppStore is not cydia and installer!

        Apple maps is a map, its not like google maps

        iOS7 UI is nothing like the default android UI. Only the app switcher is like WebOS.

        iBooks isnt amazon, ebooks have been around way before amazon started offering ebooks.

      • Joseph

        The app store was pushed to be made by Installer, because no one wanted web apps. Steve Jobs saw this.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Do you really think anything Apple has ever made is anything like those other software and services that you have described? Since if you do then you really are living in a world of your own.

      • Raashid

        Nope, he’s living in the non-virtual-apple-world, i.e. the real world….

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Oh yeah I see what he meant now since in the real world everybody recognises the AppStore as a rip-off of Cydia and Installer. It all makes sense now.

        /Sarcasm

      • Raashid

        That part I agree isn’t logical, but every other point is logical.

      • Hwang Lee

        I wouldn’t say copy, that’s a touchy word ;)

        Say “inspired by”

        But yeah, here’s a video of where iOS 7 features come from.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrM25jqhXdA

      • planetcoalition

        You’re so inside your little anti-Apple world that anything they do you deem a ripoff.
        Notification Center: They actually hired that Cydia developer.
        Apple Maps: Suddenly, anyone making maps is copying Google.
        iOS 7 UI: Android looks nothing like iOS 7 and vice versa. You have to be a very rabid Android fanboy to call everything a ripoff (and it appears you are.)
        App Store: The first official way to install apps. Cydia and Installers were illegitimate means.
        iBooks: Suddenly, Amazon invented e-books.

        Only your iMessage point was right.

      • truehybridx

        I”M a day one iphone user!
        I’m not some android user here to troll on Apple, I’m an Apple user pointing out to the perfect little world of Apple fanboys that Apple rips off, calls it their own, and makes the fan boys squee!

      • MarcPhilippeB

        WOW, dude….. you seriously don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • MarcPhilippeB

        absolutely true.

      • Joseph

        His app store point was correct. Had Installer not bloomed, you wouldn’t have the app store, because Steve’s original vision was an iPhone with web apps only.

      • Saria Hajjar

        Notification Center: Android didn’t release it, a Cydia developer did and apple gave him a salary
        iMessage: For crying out loud… nothing like BBM
        AppStore: Cydia? Installer? (by installer you mean installous) seriously? and where did installous get the application from?
        iOS 7 UI: i gotta admit… some of the things do look like android, but 75% don’t
        iTunes Radio: i believe you!
        iBooks: Amazon… last time i checked ibooks didn’t cell electronics, apparel, computers,DVDs & more (i got that from the title of Amazon’s webpage)

        and also (just in case)
        Control Center: you can’t say they copied it from andriod because there is nothing like it on andriod. and also, this is an essential feature (if apple didn’t add it to iOS 7, people would say: “Lack of features”)

      • truehybridx

        Notification Center: android had it officially before iOS did.

        iMessage is an inter-device communication between only Apple devices. BlackBerry Messenger is the same thing just between blackberry devices.

        By Installer, i literally mean the 1st generation package installer app that came to the iPhone in 2007 :D
        It happened like this: Installer -> Cydia -> AppStore.

        iBooks: I mean Apple decided to take a crack at selling ebooks just like Amazon and BN had been doing for awhile before.

        If we want to get into Control Center, think Notification Center with all the widgets the JB community has provided :)

      • Saria Hajjar

        Notification Center: there’s a difference if the feature was essential or not, imagine if there was no notification center… and i didn’t disagree with who OFFICIALLY had it… i said it was first spotted on iOS device brought by a Cydia Developer,

        Installer: about that… am not going to make things up so am not gonna disagree unless i do some research about that….

        iBooks: so you’re telling me that Amazon is dedicated to books?, unless Amazon is… am still convinced that apple didn’t steal it (after all, everybody have their opinions)

        And about Control Center, when you tell me about a tweak that have features JUST LIKE Control Center, then am convinced.

        EDIT: do you mind going to wikipedia and checking the release date of both BBM and iMessage and then talking to me about them

      • truehybridx

        Notification Center: you win…

        Installer: It came out in summer of 2007, cydia came out a few months before that, AppStore was announced in 2008.

        iBooks: i give up, i referenced 2 entities that had it first but everyone assumes i mean they made it.

        Control Center: NCSettings, SBSettings, Music Controls Pro, AppCenter.

      • Saria Hajjar

        Installer: i told you… i didn’t know that Installer even existed so am not arguing about that.

        Control Center: -NCSettings: just toggles
        -SBSettings: just toggles
        -Music Controls Pro: just music controls
        -AppCenter: i never tried it personally so i can’t judge it

      • sivkai

        Installer is not Installous. Yoy must be a newb to the jailbreak scene if you don’t even know that.

      • felixtaf

        So, you are saying that App store is a rip-off of cydia/installer?

      • Saria Hajjar

        i entered the jailbreak world in 2009 but i never heard of Installer…

      • sivkai

        Installer is the predecessor of Cydia. It hosted tweaks and apps before Apple even introduced the appstore.

      • felixtaf

        Funny… According to your logic, Amazon INVENTED online eBooks and Google INVENTED maps… I dono the logic behind Apple copying Cydia and installer (oh, may be they both sell apps????? lol). Apple hired the guys who worked on the Notification center tweak in cydia…

        I agree iMessage is somewhat like BBM, iOS7 UI – U cant claim that its a complete rip-off, but can see some android, Web os, WP here n there. Itunes radio – yes, but Pandora and Spotify are the first online radio services? I wonder…

        You have more flaws than facts in ur reply…

      • mehrab

        Wow! Thats a long list but i dont really give a shit. I dont care who got what features first. I want to see who made it easier faster and better

      • sivkai

        You don’t have to rip off something “down to a single pixel” for it to count as theft. You should know that by now Christian…

    • Juan Herrera

      Well, Apple does tend to patent things quick so usually by the time something new is publicly released, Apple already legally owns patents on some of the tech that made said object tick.. It’s high school, he said she said BS to get an edge over one another.

    • truehybridx

      I must say, damn good debate people, damn good :)

      In conclusion: whether you call it ripoff or innovation, we still have to give credit to Apple for the giant push they have been giving since 2007. If it wasn’t for that then smartphones could still be just as sucking as they were before the iPhone.

      Like Juan said, it will be this high school, he said she said BS, since manufactures are going to need any edge they can get over each other.

    • Chindavon

      No, it speaks a lot about the ignorance in here. Sure, they all steal from each other, but this is an exact Xerox carbon copy. If you’re gonna steal, at least make it your own. Use ur own skins, etc. This is pretty much exact down to the last pixel.

      • Ernesto Villarreal

        I agree with you, but the thing is: Google didn’t do it. It was a developer who does not, and I repeat DOES NOT, belong to Google.

      • Chindavon

        I know this.. man.

    • MarcPhilippeB

      Serously.. dude. please reconsider your statement.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Lol why so butt hurt? ‘Cause it’s the truth about Apple’s greed and you can’t afford to swallow that? Go to iTardsonlyblog and you’ll never come across such reasonable comments, I promise…

  • Guest

    Just like 99% of the apps on play store, this one is full of glitches, crashes every time I open it on my HTC One (I regret buying it).

    • David Gitman

      switch to iphone :D

      • R4

        yeah, but i only bought it to give android a try.

    • Raashid

      Well your experience clearly is different from the guy in the Video…

      • R4

        Yes, thats cuz that guy has a different phone! the problem with android is that most apps dont function well with most phones. i tried in on android 4.2.2 and it crashes just after i opened it.

      • Raashid

        Right, I see your point.

      • Hwang Lee

        Yeah, the biggest problem of Android (in a developers point of view) is that there are so many screen resolutions and firmwares to develop for.

        I mean, that’s good for the consumer, but makes it a lot harder on the developers.

  • officialimeiunlock

    apple is my choice

  • Dillon Sharer

    i like v2 better than v1

  • Gorgonphone

    yeah nothing new here and no surprise at all either..

  • Rowan09

    I don’t believe apple wanted this pulled because its a rip off, it’s because it’s a ripoff of a software that’s not released yet. There’s many different iPhone themes and look alike iPhone OS apps but they’re still up on the play store. I wouldn’t want someone to copy my unreleased OS as well, especially with such a defining feature.

    • Gorgonphone

      yeah and the dev could have at least improved on that ugly ive inspired UI design

      • John

        Jesus man, you’re still going on about this.

        Maybe it’s time you bought yourself another phone, be it a BB or Android or Windows because iOS 7 isn’t changing anytime soon and your bitching and crying really is getting boring.

      • Gorgonphone

        Boring? Boring is how ios7 looks boring is you bothering to repky to me instaed of writing a letter to ive to tell him that he failed …. Lol

      • John

        1) iOS 7, not ios7
        2) reply, not repky
        3) instead, not instaed
        4) Ive, not ive

        Now that I have attempted to teach you English, a language which you seem to fail at fully grasping I have (or should that be ive?) only one question for you: What makes you think I would write to Mr. Ive and tell him that he has “failed”, when I have nothing but praise for iOS 7 and how modern it compared to what we have seen in the past years.

        If you recall, it’s you that has the issue with iOS 7, not me.
        It’s you who can’t seem to let go with the fact this is what the new iOS is going to look like, for better or worse, so how about you spend more time writing to Apple and giving them feedback instead of crying like a little girl on here because whinging trolls like you bore me.

  • samizad

    Most Android users don’t want to use the iOS7 control centre. There are literally hundreds of control apps, some even utilizing the notification bar or free-floating widgets. This app is an experiment in app development and just shows that Android users have the choice to emulate any device or OS, even before that OS is released for the native device!

    I installed the iOS7 Control Centre app to test it out. It worked flawlessly on my Galaxy Nexus (2 year old phone) but I uninstalled it once I’d had my fun.

  • BoardDWorld

    Ive’s ugly UI is designed so Android crumbles at it’s knees if it tries to blatantly rip it off again. I mean every Android user excepts it now, with the simple excuse that they don’t care that it’s not smooth. In use it outshines anything that’s out now as far as transitions and transparencies are concerned. Now Ugly? It’s only as ugly as your wall paper…

  • rosssimpson

    To all the comments, apple isn’t saying google infringed on copyright and neither is this article, they’re just asking google to remove the application from the google play store.

  • Guest

    Just scroll down a bit…

  • Steve Jobs

    English Version ?!!!!!!

    • D.

      Hey Steve. Miss you bro.

    • Guest

      He’s alive! thank you god for you the great blessing

    • Saria Hajjar

      He’s alive! thank you god!

  • D.

    The Android Devices Vs Apple comments are getting ridiculous. Both have great OS’s. Both have pros and cons. I say kudos to the dev that made the app. #teamapple

    • Kenny Woodard

      Exactly, it’s personal preference.

  • Adam

    “Google’s application store isn’t curated, a decision that has backfired and turned Android into a malware-infested platform” As of today the Google Play Store does have anti-virus in place to prevent people from getting viruses from the Play Store the most common cause of a user getting a virus on Android today is from someone trying to pirate an app, do some research on other OSes before making a bold statement like that

    • John

      So the Google application store IS actually curated?

      • Adam

        my argument isn’t about the first part, it’s about calling Android a malware infested platform… these viruses that everyone keeps talking about aren’t on the Google Play store, they are on 3rd party websites disguised as a free download of paid app and the people who are dumb enough to try to pirate a 2-5 dollar app

  • Ernesto Villarreal

    It is not Google’s fault that its Play Store has some apps that copy the behavior showed by (in this case) Apple’s Control Center. Now, Control Center is an idea that was actually Google’s (slide down with two fingers from the notification center Android 4.2) that was presented long before Apple released the iOS 7 betas. Know your facts people.

    • John

      Umm… Again. it’s not that this copies the theory behind the Control Centre…….Apple is pissed that IT IS the Control Centre.

      Know your fact person.

      • Ernesto Villarreal

        Well… No. If we go back to the copying thing, Google should be (as you put it) pissed at Apple for coping the idea.
        And you can see my name, so you don’t have to call me “person” ;)

  • Joseph A. Ahmad

    Why can’t Apple implement a damn Cellular Data Toggle, Vibrate On/Off Toggle, or a Mute toggle? That would be killer from the lock screen. Control Center is definitely great, but maybe let us pick and choose? The camera short cut at the bottom of the control center is SO redundant when we have a short cut on the lock screen to begin with. *Sigh* … Well, let’s wait and see what the rest of the iOS 7 betas include, I may be speaking too soon.

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      It’s a “revolutionary” feature for iOS 8…

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        They may include these toggles in the next few betas, but if they don’t, it’s not a big deal. Just something that would be nice to have included. What should really be fixed in iOS 7 is the status bar on the lock screen because it’s getting a bit crowded when you have too many things going on at once, ha. I’m sure Apple has noticed and will fix this accordingly… I hope >.>

    • John

      They already have a mute toggle or a vibrate on/off toggle, isn’t that the little switch that is located on the side of the phone that you can go into the settings.app and change?

      Perhaps that’s an idea you should send to Apple, that way the more people who give them that idea then the more likely it would be to implement.

      • Joseph A. Ahmad

        No, the switch on the side is either sounds on, or sounds off. If vibrate is enabled, it will vibrate the phone whether or not the switch is on silent or not. What I’m purposing is a toggle in control just for vibrate on/off (not mute on/off) that could be accessed from the lock screen. And I’ve sent the information to Apple, along with the cellular data toggle idea, the “kill all apps switch” for multitasking, and quick reply for messages.

  • Joshua Catimpo

    And here we go again… If many fandroids download this app, they’ll think apple copied android, like all the times(not knowing the app is based on ios 7)

  • Ian Jackson

    Can’t we all just get along?

  • Alexander Sir-Cheezitz Gardner

    “Oh no! That android phone has a screen! They’re copying off of Apple”
    this is what you Apple fanatics sound like. Its just a phone, drop your obsessions.

    • John

      If that is what fanatics sounds like, you should listen more and complain less. There’s a valid argument when an App is (practically) a 100% ripoff of a feature that is NOT found on that OS to begin with.

  • Joseph

    Malware-infested my ass. Your highest chance of infection is when not downloading from the Google Play Store. Google listens to it’s users and removes malicious apps once reported. It’s not as safe as Apple’s App Store, but it sure as hell isn’t as bad as you’re making it out to be.

    • John

      uh huhhhhhh.

  • Gorgonphone

    lol android suuuucks..

  • D.

    Give him a chance

  • Juan Herrera

    I think he’s gonna do just fine personally. He’s finally got things running in the direction he wanted, now to see the results this Fall and on..